WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Mary Keitany and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa
turned in stunning performances to win the women’s and men’s
titles respectively at the New York Marathon on Sunday.
the women’s field with a breathtaking display of distance
running, coming home more than three minutes clear of her
closest pursuer in 2:22:48 to win her fourth title in New York.
clocked a stunning 1:06:58 for the second half of the race to
come home in splendid isolation.
“I didn’t want to
rush at the beginning to suffer at the end,” said Keitany, who
won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before this year’s race. “I wanted to
be comfortable so I could be strong at the finish.”
Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya had to be content with a runner-up
spot in 2:26:02 after struggling with a variety of injuries.
“I am happy to be
second today,” said Cheruiyot, four-time Olympic medalist and
this year’s London Marathon champion. “I had a hamstring injury
and knee and calf injuries so I was running in pain throughout.”
Shalane Flanagan of
the United States was highly emotional as she reached the finish
line in third place. The defending champion battled strongly in
the closing miles to get herself on the podium by clocking
“I’m proud that I
kept fighting even though there were some tough moments there,”
said Flanagan. “I’ve had an unbelievable time competing here.”
The men’s race was a
far more competitive affair, with the winner in doubt until the
final sprint in Central Park. Desisa ultimately prevailed to
claim his first title with a powerful finish, with the Ethiopian
edging his compatriot Shura Kitata to win by two seconds in
“I am very, very
satisfied to be the champion. I have finished on the podium
before and this time I trained so hard, but with everything
under control. Today is my day. Thank you, New York,” Desisa
was second with 2:06:01, with defending champion Geoffrey
Kamworor having to settle for third in 2:06:26. “I’m really
happy to finish on the podium,” said Kamworor. “I tried my best
and gave it my all.”
Kenyan champ Abraham Kiptum
aims at winning Abu Dhabi Marathon
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum
of Kenya has shelved plans to compete at the Xiamen
International Marathon in China and instead will compete at the
Abu Dhabi Marathon on Dec. 7.
Kiptum, who is also
the Daegu Marathon champion, had wanted to race in Xiamen, a
southeastern province of Fujian in China in January, but his
management has confirmed that he will be running earlier in Abu
Dhabi just one month after breaking the world record in half
marathon in Valencia.
Kiptum broke the
men’s world record clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the
mark set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010. Now he hopes his
top form will be enough to help him secure his second marathon
title this year and in fast time.
Valencia is also the
city where Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world
record in 2017.
“I would like to
reach the midway in 1:02:30 and finish under 2:05,” he said of
his plans for that race on Sunday.
“I know the good
shape my body is enjoying at the moment is optimum because I set
a best time last month in Copenhagen but I was eager to run in
Valencia. It has one of the flattest circuits I have ever run
and I was confident of improving on my best. But to set the
world record has exalted me.”
Indeed Kiptum will
be a man under pressure in Abu Dhabi as he targets to force his
way to the winner’s podium and in doing so, convince the
selectors he is ripe for the Kenya team to next year’s World
Championships in Doha, Qatar.
“The next target
will be to run in World Championships. But that is not up to me
to decide. I want to do my job and let the selectors have tough
time to leave me out of the Kenya team,” he added.
Kiptum will now
focus on training in November as he seeks to conquer the Abu
“I have already
resumed training and my body is showing no signs of fatigue or
slowing down. I was only competing in Valencia to improve on my
time. Right now, I can say I am focused and working hard for my
next race,” added Kiptum.